Can Hand or Body Warts Cause Genital Warts?

Can hand warts cause genital warts? Thousands of people will find themselves asking themselves this question once they find a wart on one of their hands or if their partner or prospective partner has a common wart somewhere on their body.

Warts are always caused by the human papillomavirus (more commonly known as HPV). It’s a good question when someone finds themself dealing with other types of skin warts, if it will cross over to other body parts. If you think you have contracted the HPV virus that is responsible for the skin growths on your body, then there are important things to know. The first thing to know is that each type of wart is caused by a different strand of the HPV virus according to

Can the HPV that Caused a Hand Warts Give You Genital Warts?

The quick answer is that it’s very unlikely if not impossible. People who are dealing with hand warts will find themselves wondering if they are prone to getting genital warts by touching themselves while using the restroom or in other scenarios. It’s well document that the HPV virus is extremely contagious, but the good news is the strand which causes common hand warts is not the same one which leads to genital warts.

According to, the strains which cause hand warts (medically called common warts) is a different strain than the one which causes genital warts. And according to an article at Healthline, (Ref: genital warts are only caused by a specific strain which is transmitted during sexual acts and not by a common wart.

What Are Genital Warts?

Genital warts are a sexually transmitted disease that can be spread from one person to another in the form of a lump (wart). Just like any other type of body wart problem that you are dealing with; when you become infected with the HPV or human papilloma virus it can cause genital warts to start forming in the infection portion. It can come in many different forms; and while there is no silver lining, at least there is some comfort in knowing that the condition is treatable or goes away on its own 99 percent of the time.  It is vital that you begin treating the warts as soon as possible and avoid having any type of sexual contact with anyone; as these warts can be spread from one person to another quickly and easily.

What are Common Warts or Hand Warts?

These are usually flesh-colored warts which are caused by HPV strains 1, 2, 4, 27 and 29 and generally occur on or around the hands. Common warts can look ugly, but they are not dangerous and with people who have healthy immune systems, usually go away on their own over time or faster with medication.


Common Warts or warts on the hands, feet, legs and arms are of a different variety than the ones which cause genital warts on the penis, vagina, anus, etc. and therefore should not transfer.  While no wart is pleasant, this should at least be of some comfort.

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